A "slinky metal thief" has been caught on video stealing copper wires and tubing from Oakland Park air conditioning units, the Broward Sheriff's Office reports.
"It was just after 4 a.m. Wednesday when Amos Issac finished stripping another air conditioning unit for its copper tubing and wires," according to the BSO's Dickensian prose.
"He loaded the valuable metal into a shopping cart and began walking. A few feet away, a Broward Sheriff's Office sergeant watched from his car."
The "slinky metal thief" (their words) was arrested on charges of loitering and prowling, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, possession of a shopping cart, and theft of copper. Police claim that Isaac is also responsible for a July 14 copper theft at the Stable bar.
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The BSO says that copper thieves prey upon houses and commercial buildings in the middle of the night and crib several hundred dollars' worth of copper. Homeowners and business, in turn, have to pay thousands to replace costly air-conditioning units. Most of these thieves are humans, not slinkies, experts say.